2022 Fulbright Specialist Program

2022 Fulbright Specialist Program Open for Submission of Project Requests
DEADLINE: May 5, 2022

This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Kosovo.
The Fulbright Specialist Program in Kosovo is open for Kosovo host institutions to submit project ideas for qualified U.S. scholars and professionals. The Fulbright Specialist Program is a part of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The program awards grants for projects that will last between two and six weeks. Applications must be submitted via the World Learning portal by May 5, 2022. Projects cannot begin prior to June 1, 2022 and must be completed by the end of September 30, 2022.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) provides highly qualified U.S. academics and U.S. professionals whose credentials and experience are at the faculty or full professional level with an opportunity to share their expertise by carrying out projects requested by host institutions.  Specialists are  frequently academics; however, professionals such as attorneys, journalists, scientists, economists, security experts, and experts in eligible fields (such as business, communications, public health, and public administration) often take part in the program as well.  Fulbright Specialist projects must be carried out in-person.  In addition to the in-person project, supplemental virtual activities, while not required, are encouraged to expand the impact, and build or deepen long-term collaborations.


Please note: the following information is for the inviting host institutions only. Interested U.S. Scholars please refer to the information provided by the United States Department of State and World Learning Visit the Fulbright Specialist website for a general program overview and highlights: https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/

Central to the new program, however, is the original Fulbright purpose of advancing mutual understanding, establishing long-term cooperation, and creating opportunities for institutional linkages.

Project Timeframe:  The length of a Fulbright Specialist project must be a minimum of 14 days and
a maximum of 42 days, including travel days and weekends.

Fulbright Kosovo can offer up to nine (9) Fulbright Specialist grants per calendar year. This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Kosovo.
Fulbright Kosovo will give preference to projects for the maximum program length of 42 days. The stay in Kosovo should be uninterrupted as it cannot be split up into several periods. A Fulbright Specialist grant should include opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts on faculty development, institutional planning, and a variety of other activities.

Eligible Project Activities: The Fulbright Specialist Program encourages host institutions to tailor projects to their own needs. However, all projects should have an education or training focus. Due to the short-term nature of the exchange, projects should have concrete objectives that can be achieved over the course of the Specialist’s visit. Past Specialists have supported host institutions by conducting activities such as:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training curricula and materials
  • Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution

Eligible Host Institutions and Fields:  Kosovo host institutions eligible to request Fulbright Specialists include, but are not limited to reputable academic institutions (universities, colleges, research institutions, vocational/technical educational institutions); government institutions (ministries); cultural institutions (museums, libraries, conservatories, theaters); non-governmental organizations (NGOs, think tanks), and public health-related institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals).  Posts and Commissions are encouraged to work with a broad range of host institutions, including those that serve diverse populations and those that have not previously hosted U.S. Fulbrighters. Eligible fields include, but are not limited to: Agriculture, American (U.S.) Studies,
Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry Education, Communications and Journalism, Economics, Education, Engineering Education, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Law, Library Science, Mathematics, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Physics Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

For FY 2022, while projects will be reviewed in all disciplines by the United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB), preference will be given to projects in the following priority areas:  Climate Change, Cyber Security and IT, Entrepreneurship, Disaster Response, Media Literacy/Countering Disinformation, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Ineligible Institutions, Fields, and Activities:  U.S. or U.S.-based institutions as well as for-profit companies and organizations such as businesses and corporations are ineligible to host Fulbright Specialists.  Projects with activities focused on English as a foreign language such as designing curricula, or conducting needs assessments, teacher training, or high-level educational consultations in that field, are not eligible for the FSP but are eligible for ECA support under the English Language Specialist Program (please contact U.S. Embassy for more information).  Specialists also may not carry out personal research projects – they must carry out projects proposed by host institutions and approved by the United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB).  Clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact are ineligible under Fulbright Program policy.


The Fulbright Specialist Program is open to qualified U.S. scholars and professionals in the fields listed above. Inviting institutions must be accredited higher education institutions. Inviting academic institutions can identify any qualified U.S. Scholar (a name request). This person will have to go through a screening process for final eligibility. Institutions can also select a candidate from the existing Specialist Roster (a list with pre-approved scholars). These “Roster” scholars do not have to go through another screening process. Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies)
  • Cultural Institutions (conservatories, museums, etc.)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations including non-partisan, issue-centered institutions and think tanks
  • Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.)

Host Institutions are requested to:

  • Follow country-specific processes or competition requirements and develop a project that fits the parameters of FSP.
  • Provide in-country cost share for the Specialist, including lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country.
  • Provide secure, safe, and comfortable housing for the Specialist. Typical accommodations are hotels, university housing, and (if organized in consultation with the Specialist candidate and approved by them) approved homestays with host institution staff or faculty.
  • Organize and provide funding or in-kind assistance for pick-up/drop-off at the airport.
  • Provide funding or in-kind assistance for all meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Typical options include stipends to provide opportunities for Specialists to go to local cafes or shop for groceries, university cafeterias, meals at a homestay, etc. The funding must be calculated in USD.
  • Notify U.S. Embassy and American Councils Kosova of any problems or concerns while the Specialist is carrying out his or her project.
  • Complete the final report survey.
  • Report to the post regarding a project’s impact or media coverage.

Basic Specialist Eligibility Requirements

  • All applicants for the Fulbright Specialist Roster must be U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens who have legal permanent residency status in the United States are not eligible for Fulbright grants.
  • Applicants must have significant experience in their respective field, as demonstrated by professional, academic, or artistic achievements.
  • Applicants must be able to travel overseas for 14 to 42 days (length varies depending on project).
  • At time of application or at any subsequent time prior to or after becoming a grantee, applicants are required to disclose any prior arrests, indictments, charges, or convictions of a felony or a misdemeanor (excluding minor traffic violations, juvenile convictions, or cases where the record has been sealed or expunged).
  • At time of application or at any subsequent time prior to or after becoming a grantee, applicants are required to disclose if they have been subject to any disciplinary action, resigned from a professional appointment, or entered into a settlement for, or in connection to, any misconduct, including but not limited to unethical practices, harassment, sexual harassment, or abuse.

We are working with a U.S. partner for the administration of the Fulbright Specialist Program – World Learning and a Kosovo partner for administration of the Fulbright Specialist projects – American Councils Kosova. Kosovo institutions interested in hosting a Fulbright Specialist in calendar year 2022 will need to apply directly to World Learning via the online project portal


Prospective host institutions will need to register on the website and obtain a username in order to complete the application via the World Learning portal. Host institutions may email Fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org for assistance with the for assistance with the project portal and application procedures, or for program materials.
Please keep in mind that host institutions are expected to provide the following benefits to a Fulbright Specialist for the duration of the grant period:

  • Accommodation
  • Meal stipend of at least EUR 30/day
  • Public transportation

For additional information please visit the Fulbright Specialist website for a general program overview and highlights: https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/

Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to:
Nora Nimani-Musa
Program Coordinator
American Councils Kosova
E-mail: nmusa@americancouncils.org